WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 12, 2018) – The Marketplace Access Project (MAP), a group of leading national patient advocacy organizations dedicated to protecting non-profit insurance premium and cost-sharing assistance for individuals suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses, today released the following statement in response to the proposal under consideration by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to impose lifetime limits on adults’ access to coverage.

“Proposed caps on Medicaid are the latest example of limiting access to care for vulnerable populations. Health insurers are already denying coverage to patients living with chronic and life-threatening diseases simply because they receive support from charity assistance programs.

“With limited government health care funds for the most vulnerable Americans, charity assistance is needed now more than ever to ensure patients battling devastating conditions can afford their rising monthly premium payments. If this critical lifeline is not available, vulnerable patients will have nowhere else to turn.”

About MAP

The Marketplace Access Project (MAP) is a patient advocacy movement dedicated to protecting non-profit insurance premium and cost-sharing assistance for individuals suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses. MAP supports the Access to Marketplace Insurance Act (H.R. 3976), bipartisan legislation that would secure non-profit premium and cost-sharing assistance for patients enrolled in qualified health plans and help ensure health care coverage that works for everyone. For more information, visit www.marketplaceaccess.org, or follow MAP on Twitter (@AccessProjectUS) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/marketplaceaccess).

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